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hahahahahaha...GROW UP!! it's a hobby...an avocation (and that's its
Tom Hendricks said:Zacery Nova said:Or..."Z for Zac".
"Sleeping z's = our generation" indeed, how rude!
Not true then huh?
2.) A WARNING
(I notice that McDonald's sues anyone around the globe who uses "Mc" to promote their business. What happens when HarperCollins begins sueing zinesters for using "DIY"??)
Our official culture is run by very rich, powerful, ruthless people. Greedy people. I know. I've clashed with them many times. They have no talent themselves so they appropriate.
The history of culture is the history of appropriation.
Appropriation usually involves two things.
A.) Stealing a culture.
B.) Destroying the original.
I could give countless examples from history.
In the 1940's a Hollywood studio remade a British film from a few years prior named "Gaslight."
They not only remade it, they bought the negative and copies of the original and destroyed them, so they wouldn't have to compete with the original or be compared with it.
(A copy of the original luckily resurfaced decades later. It's better than the glitzy remake.)
Most examples are more subtle.
Watch the classic movie "Singing in the Rain" and try to find a hint of the black pioneers who created the style of dance Gene Kelly and friends engage in.
Or, watch the great Elvis film "Jailhouse Rock," which is about DIY. The movie pays homage to the white country side of Elvis's roots but ignores the black blues side. The Elvis character is in fact based on the blues singer Leadbelly-- but you have to really know American music history to realize this.
The history of rock is the history of appropriation; bands as diverse as Lovin Spoonful and Led Zeppelin "borrowing" licks, sounds, and even whole songs from unknown roots blues pioneers.
Zines are roots writing; as important to American culture as once was roots music. Zines are authentic DIY-- but Big Money is now taking over the DIY name.
The new issue of Poets & Writers appropriates and destroys authentic DIY. The past two decades of zine history are wiped away. Why? It's about money but also about control. The current literary system can't tolerate free writers-- anyplace.
(To be continued.)
These guys need a manifesto.
I remember that. Weren't they all hot and bothered because David Eggers or someone of his ilk got some kind of a grant? Matter of fact I think that incident may mark one of my only posts on alt.zines because I didn't know what the Hell was going on and at the time alt.zines was the only place I knew of on the internet where I might be able to find out.
It's quite funny that Karl Wenclas is using "Ning" to make these proclamations because (According to Wikipedia), "Ning" was set up by "Marc Andreessen" (who is now on a Board of Directors for eBay, a multi-million-dollar company and married to the daughter of a real estate billionaire) as well as Gine Bianchini (who sold her communications company to one of the largest advertising brands in the world - Dentsu), and "Ning" was paid for by "angel investors" (whose money comes from all kinds of mainstream-styled things, I'm sure), doesn't this go against your "DIY=best" ethic?
Oh, and I reject your "real DIY is, like, so punk duuuuudes from, like, the 70s maaan. Fuck institution, badges and bureaucrats" philosophy, I wasn't even born in the 70s nor do I have any interest in the past. As far as I'm concerned, my zining is looking toward the future and I think you'll find that we do need "stinkin' badges".
I hate to have a go at you, but your assumptions about zinesters are ridiculous, at best.